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October 7, 2005

“How Dell repels attempts to buy its ‘open source’ PC”

Ashlee Vance has the amusing tale in The Register. There are lots of hijinks, but I liked this part:

So, at least you’re saving money by not going with a Microsoft OS, right?

Er, well, not exactly.

The 5150n, for example, starts at $649 with a 3.0GHz Pentium 4 chip, FreeDOS, 256MB of memory and a 80GB hard drive. Meanwhile, a very similar system, the E510 – presumably just like the n Series box by the same name with the difference being that this one appears on the web site – sells for $679 with the exact same chip, memory and hard drive. The only distinguishing marks are the inclusion of Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition and a $30 higher price tag.


Er, well, not exactly. You’ll get a free 17 inch flat panel with the E510 and nothing free with the 5150n. The Windows PC is looking like the much better deal given that you can remove Windows and plunk Linux on the box anyway.

Well, Dell did get some publicity out of the deal.

Posted at 6:53 am. Filed under Companies, Dell, Linux, Operating Systems

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One Response to ““How Dell repels attempts to buy its ‘open source’ PC””

  1. Dude, you’re getting a penguin! -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Many of you posted comments to our Direct2Dell blog, indicating that you were less concerned about a specific distribution than you are about support at the kernel level and open driver support. We are working on this too, and you can read more about our efforts in today‚Äôs Direct2Dell post. You may recall that Dell rather tentatively offered kludgey “open source” PCs back in 2005, but this seems like it will be the real deal with full support. It’s not like they don’t have experience – back in June of last year, Dell claimed that 25% of its servers ran Linux. Filed under Coopetition, Open Source, Linux, Dell, Microsoft [...]

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